Stacy W. Gibson, 18, of 241 Payne Ridge Road, Church Hill, and Daniel A. Smith, 18, last known address of 1437 Bell Ridge Road, Kingsport, were arrested Monday. Each man faces three counts of burglary, two counts of vandalism over $500, two counts of theft of more than $1,000 and one count of theft of more than $500.
Kingsport Police Department Det. Martin Taylor says the incidents occurred Sept. 12 at 1305 East Stone Drive, American Storage Center, and Sept. 13 at 3538 Netherland Inn Road, Netherland Inn Mini Storage. Taylor said an investigation is continuing with charges pending against additional individuals.
According to affidavits field in Kingsport court, surveillance equipment captured images of two suspects during the burglary of the East Stone Drive storage facility. Entry onto the property was allegedly made by cutting away the barbed wire above a fence that runs along the Greenbelt. One storage unit was burglarized, with five watches, two pairs of Nikes and several hats stolen.
The next day police were called to the Netherland Inn storage facility to finds several units had been burglarized. Locks were reportedly cut away from the units, giving the suspects access to, "several safes inside the building." Items reported stolen included duffel bags containing firearms, several silver American Eagle and silver Lady Liberty coins.
Through subsequent investigation Det. Taylor discovered the coins had been sold at a local shop, with Gibson identified as the seller. Gibson was located and agreed to an interview at the police department, where he allegedly admitted to how entry had been made and what items were stolen.
Gibson's statements to police reportedly led to the identification of other suspects, including Smith. Court records state Smith was located and also gave a full confession to his involvement. Each man was booked into the city jail and arraigned Tuesday, with court appearances set for Oct. 2.
Det. Taylor cautions individuals from housing exceptionally valuable items or delicate documents in self storage facilities, recommending such possessions be placed in safe deposit boxes at banks.